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Braiding and tassel making

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Handmade Baskets with Jonathan Kline

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Leather Tote Bags, Part 2

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How to Make Tassels for Hanging Lanterns

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Braided Octopus Doll Craft

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Yarn
Braid colorful strips of fabric to make a bright detail for a dress, or strands of cotton yarn for a cuddly creature's legs -- all eight of them. These projects are simple enough that kids can help.
Materials
  • Organic cotton yarn: Pakucho Sport, from Purl Soho
  • 2-inch Styrofoam ball
  • Scissors
  • Needle and black thread
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Tie a Tassel

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY
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Mystery-Braided Leather Cuff

Steps:10
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Leather
When is a braid not a braid? When you use this technique. Referred to as mystery, magic, or trick braiding, it involves manipulating a single piece of leather with two slits into a braided strip.
Materials
  • Straightedge
  • Matte knife
  • Vegetable-tanned leather scraps, 8 oz., theleatherguy.org
  • Awl
  • Cord or embroidery floss
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Dyed and Braided Trivets

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Fabric, Trivets
Pretty and practical, these surface protectors were made by weaving together strips of dyed ticking fabric. We used a traditional technique that, if you keep going, will result in a braided throw rug.
Materials
  • Pink ticking fabric, at fabric stores and flea markets
  • Liquid fabric dye
  • Salt
  • Large metal or porcelain bowl or basin
  • 24 cups of very hot water
  • Rubber gloves
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Hair-Braiding Basics

Braids have a timeless appeal -- and they're easier than you think. Just three simple weaves go ...
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